After many months of sales, price matching's and a **** ton of patience I have finally built my (current) dream RIG for a price that even I sometime have doubts. At first I was going solely for raw power and specs but as I kept shopping around for deals I decided to at least include the glowing LED's. All the parts were purchased brand new because as this was my first build I wanted to make sure that everything worked and contained some sort of warranty. So that is how I purchased everything on the exclusion of the few $0.00 amount items which I won at various events. As this is my work computer and my entertainment machine I got everything I needed all at once webcam, headset, speakers, even those error internal on board speakers in case I did screw up the build some way.
Some will say that 750w PSU is to little for my overclocked build which has a CPU at 4.7Ghz and both the GPU's at 1384Mhz, but as this was the last item I was buying I bit into the sale price because I have yet to find a cheap and amazing quality 850W PSU, but so far I have only reached 645W usage on my build under max load so I'll probably just stick with it.
I did not want a giant full tower because as seen from the images my desk is not as big as I want it to be so I went with a mid and this did cause me to have a few issues installing the H100i GTX cooler as because my motherboard is so big and has a huge top-side heat sink I had to squeeze the radiator in and even drill new holes in the metal mesh so I can attach it. It is a bit tight in there thus air flow is important especially because of the blower designed GPUs so I decided to go with Noctua's because I am a silence freak (especially when working). So the 2x 120mm NF-p12's went on the radiator because the cooler master ones are extremely loud, 2x NF-p14's went on the side panel to provide fresh air to the GPU's and the last one went as a intake to the front. The case already had a 140mm in the front and a 120mm as exhaust which were very quiet so I just left those and saved myself a few more bucks.
Overall the one complaint I had over this case is the cable management for so many components was extremely hard to manage and as there isn't as much room between the back panel and the back of the case I organized and fit as much as I could in there but still had a few cables sticking out because they were too thick and made the back panel bulge a little and I did not want to apply that much pressure to the cables. If I could go back and re do this I would have probably took the 500r case or something close to it, but for the price I got my 300r I not to sad. In fact I'm very surprised at how spacious it actually is for it's tiny size.
Anyways, a $1500 budget isn't exactly what you would call cheap build but I decided to do it still as a graduating from university gift to myself, and it sure is a good gift. Also because with these prices I would have to be blind to not build a RIG, especially since I been using my MSI ge620 laptop for the past 6-ish years on the only gt540m mobile GPU. So it was definitely was a time for an upgrade.
In the future I will probably get a second monitor (most likely IPS 1080p) once they drop to $50 on sales and place it where the PS3 is currently and move the PS3 to where my tablet usually is (the PS3 is also connected to my monitor and the speakers also I can switch between PC and PS3 with a click of a button).
This was my first build so I took my time with it and made sure everything was put together and running as it should, I have already stress tested everything and it passed so I decided to publish it to you guys. My final saying is this is the evidence that deals are possible as long as you hold your finger of the trigger UNLESS you are 150% sure it will never be that low again...also time and lots of internet stalking XD.
I am open for questions, comment or concerns for those that have some if not I hope you at least enjoyed the few pics of my set up. Warning they are potato iPhone 5 quality.